I love challenges!  Usually the more impossible the better!

Bit of background:  I’m a Facilities Manager – so in charge of the services for the Company I work for.  From maintenance of the buildings, plant and grounds to all the services the Company needs to function – Security, cleaning, catering, supplies, reception function, IT, etc., etc ….. I’m also responsible for property lettings, office moves, refurbishments…….. You get the picture. 

Mostly, because I’ve been doing this job for the last 20+ years, it’s all too easy and not very ‘challenging’!!

It becomes much more fun when either something goes majorly wrong (!), or I’m set an ‘impossible’ task!

For instance, faced with being asked to organise the refurbishment of an area including, say, a move of staff – with an impossible deadline – I become incredibly dynamic!  I rally my troops, cajole and chivvy my suppliers, work my socks off and achieve what’s asked!  Those around me who say it can’t be done are met with surprise and amazement  from  me and remarks like: “Well we won’t know if we can or we can’t unless we give it a go!” – and 90% of the time we surprise ourselves and deliver on time.

So, dear reader, I find it somewhat irritating when faced with one of the most challenging challenges of my life that I seem to behaving in a rather lackluster and apathetic manner!!  This is not good and so Not Me!

Of course one of the reasons is I wanted the Challenge to be “Get Marriage Back on Track”  but sadly that hasn’t been the challenge that’s been set.

The Challenge (and that probably applies to all of us going through this unwanted trauma) is:

“Get Life back on Track and live life to the full – and enjoy!”.

Nothing wrong at all with this as a Challenge!  I should be able to ‘buy into it’.  I’ve bought into challenges before that I’ve not totally believed in – sometimes I’ve been the one who was right and we’ve all stood back at the end to hear ‘those in power’ mutter how it’s been a waste of money, time and effort. Sometimes I’ve been wrong and been surprised at the result of someone else’s vision.  But I’ve always accepted the challenge and worked my best to achieve it!

So, clearly, all I now need is to be surprised at the “someone else’s vision” and go for it!!

None of us have anything to lose by grabbing this challenge. In fact as a challenge – with a few tweaks of the words –  it applies to everyone regardless of their circumstances.

So today my challenge is to gain as much as I can from my Life Coaching session later this afternoon!  Not to dwell on the “What might have been’s” – which still stubbornly attack me far more than I’d like.  Not to attempt to tweak the Challenge in a sneaky attempt to meet what I wish was different (!) and then to just bl@@dy well get on with it!!

Simples!(the S is important):  As you will see below!!!

Stepping out of my comfort zone!

I appear to be having a poetic few days!  And I hope my LC finds this amusing and also understands I’m finding it all rather hard!!

(And a big thank you to Bye2 for her lovely toenail collage! xxx)

He asked me to be outrageous
To try out something new.
So I thought about it for sometime
And I painted my toenails blue!

He asked me to go and shop around
”Surprise a shop keeper or two”
But my obstinate streak just dug in hard.
So I painted my toenails blue.

He asked me to leave my comfort zone.
Not to care about others’ view.
But I found I got incredibly cross.
So I painted my toenails blue.

The reaction I had to these requests
Just grew and grew and grew
My mind’s just fought against them all.
So I painted my toenails blue.

I want to achieve the tasks he’s set
As I promised him I would do.
So to give me the confidence to carry them out
I’ve painted my toenails blue!(And I still haven’t done any of them!)

Life Coaching is getting fun now!

At long last I can say that Life Coaching is getting much more fun.  Perhaps this is the reward week for having pushed myself relentlessly through all that horror!  Maybe I’m finding the true me – the me who is ridding herself of living in a ‘fear’ state. The me who loves being me and isn’t so bothered about other people’s  views of me.  After all if I love being me and I am true to my values and rules I set on those values,  then I can be me in spades without fear!

Anyway,  today’s session was fun, and I have some fun homework this week which will involve me getting out and about and being thoroughly outrageous – which I just love doing anyway!

So I’m going to take on the various challenges Stephen has set me for the week and see how many I can achieve!

I may have difficulty on the dating challenge – the problem is I think that most of the photos of the men on the 2 dating sites I’m on make them look either like rapists or mass murderers!  Which isn’t desperately endearing!  There should be a law against bad photography!!

Now I’m not out to find “the one” – I’m out to have some fun and to stretch myself a bit.  I am in a bit of a comfort zone at the moment and I do love to be challenged.  And I have to say some of the tasks I have been set this week are definitely challenging!

I’ll let you know more as and when I achieve them!!

Painting with Light

Painting with Light

It’s good and fun to learn something new.  I feel I should make this a daily goal.  Apart from anything else is gives me a sort of mini-challenge and it’s good to focus on something.

This week I learnt new stuff at my French class on Monday (and much to my horror I’ve agreed to do written homework from now on – I must be mad!  I never do my homework!  It’s easy to ‘wing it’ when it’s reading something – a bit harder when I have to produce written evidence!!).

And last night I had a really fun evening learning new techniques with my camera – along with lots of others from the camera club.

I think the drivers thought we were doing a traffic census or something as there we all were at the crossroads with our cameras egging the cars on to go round the mini roundabout in the middle!!  Lots of concerned looks and people asking what we were up to!

(Clearly we were practising for Friday’s Royal Wedding.  Which is what I told some passers by!!)

All I need to do now is paint my life with a bit more light!!!

Health – daily challenge!

I’ve just signed up to:

What a brilliant site.  Inspirational.  It supplies a simple challenge each day to keep you focused on positive things to do in life every day.  This should be a Life Coach’s dream!

For someone like me, taking small steps towards a new future, goals are the issue.  These daily challenges are great fun, easily achievable and there’s a whole community ‘out there’ doing them every day.  At the moment I think you have to be a member of Facebook to join in.  But it’s free (as is Facebook). So come on everyone – go for it!!

I have a small community of friends I’m doing this with.  And having a mildly competitive streak in me means I make sure I do each day’s challenge come what may!!